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03/25/2010 - 8:36am
J. Kraft: Pats 'materially better'

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft made an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and discussed the team's recent maneuverings. "I don't think the offseason is over," Kraft said. "I think we're definitely more secure in the core unit of our team. ... We had a number of people on our team who were priorities, and we've taken care of them, which I think leads us to believe we're in a better place. ... I think we are on our way to having a materially better team than we did at the end of last season."

 

Kraft said the Patriots are in good position to make some key additions to the roster, starting with a deep draft for which the team is stocked with a dozen picks. "We always felt that this draft would be a huge draft," he said, noting the labor uncertainty has led to more quality collegians declaring early. Additionally, Kraft added, "I think between June and the start of the season, you...

03/25/2010 - 7:58am
Daisuke set for spring debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his first spring appearance in a Grapefruit League contest on Thursday. He is slated to throw two innings against the Florida Marlins. He will pitch in relief of starter Tim Wakefield, who is making his fifth start of the spring.

 

Matsuzaka threw two scoreless innings in a minor league outing on Sunday. To see that performance, click here.


03/25/2010 - 7:44am
Rivers on D&C: 'We're closer'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the state of the Celtics. "We're closer," Rivers said. "I don't think anybody can say they're there right now as a team."

 

Rivers said the Celtics' recent improved play can directly be attributed to the team's improved health. "We were 23-5 [to start the season], we were completely healthy," he said. "I felt this throughout that whole streak. It's amazing how conveniently everybody forgot about that. ... So many different guys had to play so many different roles. ... That took a toll on us."

 

Rivers said he's focused on continuing to get the team in rhythm the rest of the regular season, but, "I still want to get them rest as well."

 

Rivers was asked about the NCAA tournament and which underdog he thinks has the best chance of advancing...

03/25/2010 - 6:48am
Mashup: NHL 'Cooke' rule closer

An NHL rule barring blindside hits to the head moved another step closer to acceptance, and it's expected that once the players association signs off on it, it will go into effect as soon as Thursday night. Get the details on that, plus check out links to the day's top stories, plus videos -- including the Clay Buchholz-Nick Swisher ESPN promo -- trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


03/24/2010 - 8:45pm
Gold diggers: C's handle Nuggets

Rajon Rondo had a triple-double and Eastern Conference player of the week Paul Pierce continued his hot play with a team-best 27 points as the Celtics beat the Denver Nuggets, 113-99, on Wednesday at TD Garden. The win officially clinched a playoff berth for the Celtics. Rondo recorded his second triple-double of the season and seventh career - including playoffs - with 11 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds while Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Celtics (46-25) won their fourth straight home game, the first time this season they've accomplished the feat. Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 32. For more, visit the Green Street blog. 


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